Arts Agenda: Exhibitions journey from Motown to Montmartre


Design, fashion, video games, slides and sports cars are among the diverse themes at current and upcoming museum exhibitions. The art of several ancient civilizations also is being highlighted at museums throughout the world.


Albany, N.Y. -- Pop music and fashion share the stage in Reflections: The Mary Wilson Supreme Legacy Collection at the Albany Institute of History and Art, through May 22. The exhibition focuses on the rise of Motown recording artists the Supremes. Gowns, concert materials and memorabilia are among the items on display. 

Baltimore -- Slides as an art form with works by artists from the 60s to today are the lure in Slide Show through May 15 at the Baltimore Museum of Art.

Boston -- A special interest of a famed fashion designer is the attraction in Speed, Style and Beauty, Cars From the Ralph Lauren Collection at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, March 6 to July 3.

The museum also is showing Sets, Series and Suites: Contemporary Professional Creative Printmaking through May 3. The exhibition focuses on lesser-known works by artists such as Andy Warhol, Jasper Johns and Roy Lichtenstein.

Chicago   --   More than 70 artists look at the world of travel in the Universal Experience and the Tourists Eye, an exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art through June 5.

Games On at the Museum of Science and Industry, through Sept. 5, looks at the history and future of video games. 

Cleveland -- Masterworks From the Phillips Collection at the Cleveland Museum of Art through May 29 includes works by Degas, Van Gogh and Monet.

Dallas -- Robert Smithson at the Dallas Museum of Art through April 3 is the first complete survey of the work of the pioneering earthworks artist who, among other projects, created Spiral Jetty.

You have until May 29 at the Dallas Museum of Art to see Splendors of Chinas Forbidden City: The Glorious Reign of Emperor Qianlong.

Katonah, N.Y. -- The private collection of one of the greatest art critics of the 20th century is featured in Clement Greenberg: A Critics Collection through April 17 at the Katonah Museum of Art.

Mobile, Ala. -- The Gulf Coast Exploreum Science Center displays the Dead Sea Scrolls through April 24. On loan from the Israel Antiquities Authority, the exhibition includes artifacts and fragments from 12 different scrolls.

Nashville -- The Country Music Hall of Fame focuses on the career of a country star in Banjo Man: The Musical Journey of Earl Scruggs, through June 16.  


New York -- The Metropolitan Museum of Art takes visitors to the 15th century to view 50 works of Renaissance art in the exhibition From Filippo Lippi to Piero della Francesca: Fra Carnevale and the Making of a Renaissance Master through May 1.

The Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum offers the first exhibition to focus on highly engineered fabrics in Extreme Textiles, Designing for High Performance, April 8 through Jan. 15.

The Paul Taylor Dance Company celebrates 50 years in modern dance in its three-week season at New York City Center through March 20.

The Rubin Museum of Art offers a real high to viewers in Tibet: Treasures From the Roof of the World through May 8.

The New York Historical Society adds a touch of its own to First Ladies: Political Role and Public Image, a traveling exhibition from the Smithsonian National Museum of American History, through June 5. The museum includes a complementary exhibition on two first ladies with ties to the Big Apple: Eleanor Roosevelt, who was born in New York, and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, who lived and worked there until her death.

Rochester, N.Y. -- Youngsters will enjoy a hands-on exhibition at the Strong Museum through May 8. Enchanted Museum: Exploring the Science of Art lets kids explore art in a sculpture garden, maze and painting gallery.

Salem, Mass. -- Island Thresholds, Contemporary Art From the Caribbean, through June 5 at the Peabody Essex Museum, offers works by four contemporary artists of the islands, linked by a common theme: the sea.

San Diego -- Over 100 objects, including paintings, sculptures, mixed media and photographs never seen before in the U.S., are highlighted in Retratos: 2,000 Years of Latin American Portraiture at the San Diego Museum of Art, April 16 to June 12.

San Francisco -- Take a trip back in time to the classical age of Thailand for an exhibition of textiles, temple doors and statues of Buddha in the Asian Art Museums The Kingdom of Siam: The Art of Central Thailand, 1350-1800. The exhibition runs through May 8.

Scottsdale, Ariz. -- The Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art focuses on innovative projects in interior design in Strangely Familiar: Design and Everyday Life through April 24.

Washington -- Toulouse-Lautrec and Montmartre at the National Gallery of Art, March 20 to June 12, includes more than 250 works by Toulouse-Lautrec and contemporaries such as Van Gogh and Degas.

The museum also features works by a contemporary artist known for the use of words and objects in his art. Cotton Puffs: Q-tips, Smoke and Mirrors: The Drawings of Ed Ruscha runs through May 30.

Yonkers, N.Y. -- Through May 15 the Hudson River Museums Tiffany by Design features stained-glass windows and 50 lamps by Tiffany, all lighted for the exhibition.


Brussels -- Belgium is marking the 175th anniversary of its founding as a state this year with celebrations and exhibitions, including Romanticism in Belgium. The exhibition is on view at the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium, the Antoine Wiertz Museum and the ING Art Center.

Cologne, Germany -- The sacred images of three religions founded on the Indian subcontinent, illustrated by bronze and stone figures, are on view in Buddhists, Jainists, Hindus: In Search of Divine Image at the Rautenstrauch-Joest Museum through Oct. 2.

London -- Turks: A Journey of a Thousand Years, 600-1600, at the Royal Academy of Arts through April 12, traces the roots of modern Turkey through hundreds of objects and artifacts.

Long-time arts and tourism writer Alvin H. Reiss is editor of the Travel Arts Partnership Newsletter (TAP), which is published by Museums Magazine, the Arts & Business Council and the Art Knowledge Corp. For more details,

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